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AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013: Capsules on top women
Major Titles: 1 _ U.S. Open (‘11)
Last 5 Australian Opens: `12-1st, `11-3rd, `10-4th, `09-3rd, `08-DNP
Topspin: Has never gone past the fourth round at her home major, crashing out in the first round last year as the reigning major champion. … Expectations at home have been high since she became the first Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley (1980 Wimbledon) to win a Grand Slam singles title. … Tends to struggle with nerves in the majors _ evidence was her loss to Sara Errani in the French Open semifinals _ although she managed to hold it together when she beat Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final in 2011, a tournament where she played the longest tiebreaker in a women’s Grand Slam. … Was the only woman in the year-end top 10 not to win a title in 2012. … Says she must clear her head of the “silly thoughts” that remain after struggles at home in 10 Australian Open campaigns. Lost in first round at Brisbane and Sydney.
2012 Match Record: 50-21
2012 Singles Titles: 2.
Career Singles Titles: 20.
Major Titles: 0 _ Best: F, at U.S. Open in `09
Last 5 Australian Opens: `12-QF, `11-SF, `10-4th, `09-3rd, `08-4th.
Topspin: Last year coming into the Australian Open, she was seeded and ranked No. 1, and still without a major. Same on the major front, but she’s now dropped nine spots after having a poor year in Grand Slam tournaments, getting progressively worse from quarterfinals at Melbourne Park, 3rd round at the French and 1st rounds each at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Her 2013 campaign has been anything but encouraging, losing in the first round at the Brisbane International and in the second at Sydney (to two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova). All’s good on the relationship front with golf’s No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who accompanied Wozniacki to her Australian Open warm-up events.
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